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“…These images are not going softly into any artistic realm. Instead they send shock waves through the brain, implicating ever larger chunks of American society and in many ways reaching up to the present.” While this was written about Emmett Till, this quote easily relates to the injured marines seen above.

U.S. Marine Sargent Merlin German A.K.A. “The Miracle Marine,” Top,  survived a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2005. The bomb destroyed his distinct facial features and a few years later in 2008 caused his death after a skin graft procedure. Next, U.S. Marine Lance Corporal William Kyle Carpenter reportedly “shielded a fellow Marine from a grenade in Afghanistan. He was honored but permanently damaged as well.

These men were publicized to honor them for their bravery but also to show us what horrors were overseas at the time. Their faces put fear into our hearts and a desire to bring our troops home from those horrible places. Much like Emmett Till these men made America aware of a horror we never knew to be so bad until we saw their images.


Note: I did not take these images but I did compose the layout & text!




Here you can see how and image speaks more than words sometimes. This soldier’s faces tell their story and people can feel more in touch by the look of it than by the reading of it. The comparison between the before and after pictures also help.


I recently saw these images before and they completely shocked me. Much respect for the people who are willing to risk their lives. Great choice to write about.


These images are difficult to see. There’s no way to put it in words. A picture is the only way to show some aspects of the devastation of war.


These images are shocking, but they are even more when you know the stories behind them. My first reaction was shock, but most times after we’re told what happened to those people, different and stronger feelings emerge.


While a classic piece of war propaganda, it does in fact illustrate your point well. I have seen soldiers that look like that in real life, it’s disturbing.


My initial reaction echoes the previous comments. It’s a very shocking image that says a lot, and it definitely reminds me of the Emmett Till case except that these men are very much alive. Great post!


Regards for helping out, great info. “Job dissatisfaction is the number one factor in whether you survive your first heart attack.” by Anthony Robbins.

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